Persistence Is Key
Whether it is your chosen sport, online tutoring or raising children, I believe you must have persistence to achieve results. Without persistent effort success will be absent.
The above statement is the result of a small yet thought-provoking event that occurred in my life last weekend and the motivation for this article. My wife, Jacqui, and I are expecting our first child and over the last couple of months (we’re in the third trimester) we have conversed considerably about how our parenting style will be, our morals and mostly how we believe events will unfold in our household (It’s all about getting on the same page). Up until last weekend I would have been more than happy to let others know what I felt about how to parent in different areas (not thinking I know it all), however one of Jacqui’s friends has changed this for me and reinforced the idea of persistence as an extremely obvious choice in the production of results.
The conversation over some fish and chips by the beach turned to Jacqui’s friends’ 2 year old daughter and her potty training. Now I can appreciate how difficult it must be to teach a young child to use the potty for the first time, although I didn’t feel the reaction was warranted when Jacqui told her friend what plan of action we had discussed to use for our child. It was like one of those hold in the laughter, how na?Ã¯Â¿Â½ve, what could you possibly know about it reactions. Not being one to back down Jacqui simply mentioned that we have other friends you have had great success potty training in the particular method suggested.
As a couple we are not one to judge other parents on their methods however it seemed obvious to us at the time that the couple with the results acted with persistence from an early age, where as the friends having trouble seemed more reactive to circumstances. Basically the potty success came down to putting the child on the potty after each toilet from an early age. That way the child got accustom to sitting on the potty and started to make an association between the potty and going to the toilet.
Reflecting on the conversation has leaded me to realize that any area of my life that I enjoy success in has been the result of consistent effort of a pre determined plan/idea. I have taught for 10 years and am involved in online tutoring, and if there is one area where students who achieve success and those that don’t differ, it’s persistence. A sunny weekend, some snapper and chips and parenting conversations leaded me here but persistence will take me anywhere.